England’s Ashes Victory – Player Ratings

August 28, 2009 at 10:37 am 1 comment

It has been a few days now since Englands victory at the Oval against
Australia to regain the Ashes. Andrew Strauss’ men won the
deciding test by 197 runs and it was a fantastic day all-round for the England cricket team and English cricket.

Many people had written off England’s chances after their performance
at Headingley, but to write England off at The Oval is never that wise
and so it was proved. They were fantastic throughout and performed
well in all of the key moments.

Was it all a team effort though or were there certain individuals that
shone through? Well, let’s take a look at my player ratings to get
some sort of idea.

Andrew Strauss – Words can’t describe how fantastic England’s skipper
was in this series. Not only was he our best batsman, but he led from
the front in superb fashion. 10 / 10.

Alistair Cook – If the Essex man was a middle-order batsman, there is
every chance he would have lost his place in the side. He really needs
to start pulling his finger out this winter. 4 /  10.

Ian Bell – The jury is still out on this man. Had he converted one of
his two half-centuries into hundreds, he would have been assured a run
in the side. As it is, he still has work to do. 6 / 10.

Paul Collingwood – Colly is another one that struggled a bit during
this series, with his innings at Cardiff the main highlight. Can he
keep his place throughout the winter? 6 / 10.

Jonathan Trott – He only played one test, but what an impression he
made. A solid 41 in the first innings and a crucial century in the
second. Calm and collected at all times. 8 / 10.

Matt Prior – I have had my doubts about Prior in the past, but he has
completely won me over. His keeping has been faultless and he is a
classy, positive batsman. 8 / 10.

Andrew Flintoff – People say he had a quiet series, but his
performance at Lords with the ball was something else and he played a
huge part in England winning the match. A legend of the game who will
be missed. 7 / 10.

Stuart Broad – The man of the moment isn’t he? A slow start to the
series, but he finished superbly with bat AND ball. Can he replace
Flintoff? He can be better than him. 9 / 10.

Graeme Swann – Why wasn’t this man in the team five years ago? He is a
fantastic influence on the team who can perform admirably with bat and
ball. A crucial part to the side now. 8 / 10.

James Anderson – Jimmy started the series better than he finished it
and we probably expected more of him after his performance at
Edgbaston. However, he leads the line well and will be in the side for
many years to come. 7 / 10.

Steve Harmison – I felt better about England’s bowling line-up when he
was involved. He adds fire-power and can produce match-winning spells.
Will he retire with his mate Freddie though? 7 / 10.

And those who didn’t play at The Oval…

Ravi Bopara – The less said the better really. Confidence has taken a
huge hit. 4 / 10.

Graeme Onions – Did a great job when called upon. A good man to have
in the squad. 7 / 10.

Monty Panesar – Are his England days numbered? I think they could be. 4 / 10.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Alfred Ferreira  |  August 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Believe your rating has been slightly biased towards the players who have performed in the Oval test. I felt Stuart Broad is overrated with 9/10 as he lacked that bite what he showed in the Oval test in the earlier matches. No doubt a batsman has to bat well and a bowler do well with the ball but one cannot ignore the contribution of a fielder which suggest that Paul Collingwood deserves a better rating considering his importance in the side as a fielder.
    Having said this I am quite impressed with the way the players have been assessed.


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